TÜV Rheinland took the stage to share its views with over 140 top managers from manufacturing enterprises.
At the 2011 Green Manufacturing Summit organized by the Delegations of German Industry and Commerce on November 18 in Shanghai, TÜV Rheinland as Silver Sponsor took the stage to share its views on a series of topics with over 140 top managers from manufacturing enterprises. Holger Kunz, Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, gave a speech entitled Green Trends in the Consumer Products Industry, during which he discussed how to deal practically with the risks and challenges of the current economic environment, including the green trend, regulations and policies in different countries, and process optimization for better investment returns in green practices.
The event was honored by the presence of Gerhard Schroeder, former Chancellor of Germany, who delivered the keynote speech to executives from manufacturers who are eager to learn the latest trend and methods to tap Green power.
China has just announced its “12th Five-year Plan”, which is designed to transform China, the world’s second-largest economy, from an investment-driven generator to a global power plant for maintaining stable development. Mature Chinese manufacturers are now falling behind their global competitors in terms of technologies, and are facing the challenges of excess capacity, low efficiency, and severe pollution. Green industries, such as new energy industries, not only have the potential for high profitability, but can also make a significant contribution to energy saving. As society pays increasing attention to environmental protection, it is imperative for Chinese manufacturers to engage in process modifications, management improvements, and industrial upgrading.
The concept of “Green Manufacturing” not only improves a business’s image and reputation with its contribution to social responsibility and sustainable development, but also helps to improve profitability. For example, Green Manufacturing can cut costs by maximizing a firm’s resource utilization ratio and reducing consumption, and can reduce or eliminate the fines related to environmental impact by reducing or eliminating pollution. It can also improve employees’ health and work safety, thereby reducing unnecessary expenses and ensuring a harmonious society by improving the environment and working conditions. The positive effects of “Green Manufacturing” are obvious.